Laura Candler

Web Producer

Laura moved from Chattanooga to Chapel Hill in 2013 to join WUNC as a web producer. She graduated from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in the spring of 2012 and has created radio and multimedia stories for a variety of outlets, including Marketplace, Prairie Public, and Maine Public Broadcasting. When she's not out hunting stories, you can usually find her playing the fiddle.  

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Politics & Government
4:05 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

North Carolina Gets Six New State Symbols

Megalodon tooth with two great white shark teeth.
Credit Brocken Inaglory & Parzi via Flickr, Creative Commons

Many bills brought before this year’s General Assembly were hotly debated and heavily protested. But one bill that sailed through both chambers without a hitch was HB 830, which designates six new official state symbols. Gov. Pat McCrory signed it into law in June. If you’re a Tar Heel, here are your newest state designations:

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Health
2:52 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Which NC Counties Are The Most Dangerous For Car Crashes?

A wrecked car in Mecklenburg County, which had the highest total number of fatal crashes in 2012.
Credit W. Robert Howell via creative commons

For the third year in a row, the same four counties have topped AAA Carolinas’ list of North Carolina’s most dangerous counties for car collisions. Pitt, New Hanover, Person and Watauga Counties were ranked the four most dangerous, all averaging over 250 car crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. Pitt County has topped the list for five straight years.

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Health
2:00 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Study Finds Black Teen Birth Rate Declines In Response To Job Loss

A new study finds that black teens have fewer babies in response to job loss.
Credit Bryancalabro via Creative Commons

While there are many studies that highlight the irrational nature of teenagers’ decisions, a new study conducted by researchers at Duke University has just found evidence of the opposite. The study shows that when a community experiences job loss, fewer African-American teenagers have babies.

Christina Gibson-Davis is an associate professor of public policy, sociology and psychology and neuroscience at Duke and one of three authors of the study.

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Politics & Government
2:21 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

State Wants You To Get Your Money’s Worth At Frozen Yogurt Shops

Frozen yogurt shops are being inspected by the state.
Credit shadeofmelon via Flickr, Creative Commons

Summer is in full swing, which means it’s high season for frozen yogurt shops around the state.  But the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is urging customers to be wary: what you pay for might not be what you get. Many yogurt shops determine price based on the weight of the yogurt and toppings, but they are required to subtract the weight of the cup or package first (which is called the tare weight). According to Jerry Butler, NCDA & CS Weight and Measures program manager, not every shop is aware of that.

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Arts & Culture
10:15 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Winston-Salem Musicians Mourn Death Of Faye Hunter

Faye Hunter was the bassist for 80's band Let's Active.
Credit Faye Hunter, Facebook

The Winston-Salem community mourns the loss of local musician Faye Hunter, who was found dead in on Saturday of an apparent suicide. She was 59 years old. Hunter was the bassist in the 80’s band Let’s Active, which was led by Mitch Easter. Yesterday on "Here & Now," host Jeremy Hobson interviewed Easter about his former bandmate.

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Business & Economy
10:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

How Good Is North Carolina’s Business Climate?

Small businesses in Brightleaf Square shopping center.
Credit Laura Candler

It depends on what you consider good for business. If you head to the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s website, you can see many of the positive rankings North Carolina has received from business media outlets: No. 1 Best Business Climate from Site Selection in 2012, No. 4 Best State for Business by Forbes in 2012, No. 4 America’s Top States for Business by CNBC in 2012.  Most of the organizations doing the ranking look at a similar group of factors, although they each give those factors different weight in their decisions.

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Science & Technology
2:00 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Baby Harp Seals On Thin Ice

A seal pup on thin ice.
Credit International Fund for Animal Welfare

A new study from Duke has found that as sea ice cover declines off the coast of eastern Canada, harp seal pups are suffering from a higher rate of strandings than their parents. It’s the first study of seal stranding rates that takes into account genetics, as well as environmental and demographic factors like age and gender.  Duke research scientist David Johnston says that genetic fitness does not affect the rate of stranding.

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Science & Technology
5:10 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Google Glass Comes To The Triangle

Brian Gundersen with his new Google Glass.
Credit Brian Gundersen

The new supercomputer headgear Google Glass might seem like technology from the future, but in North Carolina there have already been sightings. At least three Google Glass users have made their way through the Triangle recently, and they left behind a trail of media documenting their experiences.

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Greensboro Band Phive Releases Tribute Song To Nelson Mandela

Phive is a band based in Greensboro.
Credit Phive, Facebook

Greensboro band Phive has released a new single dedicated to Nelson Mandela. They made the announcement yesterday on Mandela Day, the birthday of the South African leader. Phive spoke with PRI's the World from WUNC's studios in Durham. You can listen to the interview here.

Here's the music video of their new song, "Madiba."

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Science & Technology
10:26 am
Fri July 19, 2013

What Happened To The Disease That Caused The Irish Potato Famine?

Potato late blight lesion
Credit Jean Ristaino, NC State University

New research reveals the disease that wiped out millions of potatoes and led to widespread famine in Ireland is still around, and it’s more virulent than ever.  A new study led by NC State University plant pathologist Jean Ristaino investigates the history of the fungus-like organism that caused the Irish potato famine and how its genome has evolved since it first showed up in Ireland in the 1800’s.

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